Cancel culture comes home

Editorial by


Messenger Staff

One of the biggest problems with the cancel culture we live in is that it is almost always subjectively, instead of objectively, driven. To put it simpler – it is feeling and emotion based instead of being centered around facts and logic. When was the last time you heard of a boycott of a business because they started producing a terrible product or started charging a ridiculous price? That rarely, if ever, happens. When was the last time you heard about a boycott being called on a business because people got their feelings hurt over something someone associated with that business said? At times, it almost seems like a weekly, if not daily, occurrence. No logic is used in evaluating how much a boycott would hurt the people working by the hour for that company. Feelings rule the day, and someone has to pay. Sell me inferior products – fine. Charge me too much money – fine. Say something I don’t like or that offends me – I’ll get everyone I know to help me burn your business to the ground, and I won’t blink an eye at those who may lose their livelihoods just for working for that business. I was offended, and heads must roll. This is the toddler mentality of a large portion of American adults today.

It plays out over and over again in our society. Say or do one thing wrong, and the mob is coming for you. Sadly, that mentality has come to Meade County, as well.

When I came back from COVID quarantine, one of the first calls I took was from a subscriber who was very upset over the Lighter Side of Life column’s article several weeks ago about Viagra Falls. We had a long talk about it. At the end, she said she could tell I was genuine in what I had told her, but she was going to hold my feet to the fire about what I had said. If we continued down the path of that article, she would pull the plug on her subscription, but if we were true to the apology I gave her, all would be well. Honest, open conversations truly can cure all ills when you say what you mean and mean what you say.

As many of you know, I call it as I see it, regardless of the “who” involved. What’s right is right, and what’s wrong is wrong. So, I have no problem turning that on myself and the paper with that lady or you, our subscribers, right now. Though I am usually one of the main proofers for the paper, I was out that week. It was a skeleton crew that got that paper put together. That’s not an excuse, just a fact. Illnesses, medical procedures, and vacations have taken a terrible toll on our small, daily staff. In fact, last week was the first time we were fully staffed in over a month and a half. Regardless, I apologized to that lady as I do to any of you now reading this. I think that particular article not only failed to be funny, but had no place whatsoever in this paper. I appreciate every one of our subscribers and advertisers, as do all of my colleagues. We also appreciate those of you who called in to voice your concerns just as much as we do those who call in to praise other things we do.

We are proud to be citizens of this county, we love writing about this county, and we are thankful that you support the product we make. We take your opinions, suggestions and leads very seriously because we rely on you all to be able to do what we do. If something is bothering you or missing, please give us a call.

Unfortunately, as we saw with a certain Meade County political party leadership team during the election, some just want you canceled the first time you say something they don’t like and will do anything to try to silence you. I don’t care if it’s this newspaper, the radio station, a barber shop, restaurant or any other small business; I will not stand by silently while a cancel culture tries to take root in this county, especially during a pandemic. I find it very disappointing that a few of my fellow Catholic brothers and sisters have tried just that. Just myself alone, not counting everything my colleagues have also written, I have covered church picnics, prisoner breakfasts, promoted the truck raffle, made sure we had a Minister’s Corner, wrote about those in need and those that have helped those in need, and have written countless stories revolving around God and Jesus at a pretty large rate for a non-religious publication. We promote businesses and individuals in this county all the time. Yet, after informing and entertaining week after week for 57 cents a week, a few of my brothers and sisters in Christ didn’t call me, didn’t warn me, but they just quit us and tried to get others to join them because of a dirty joke. Like I said, I agree there was no place for it, but is it any more Christian to call for food to be taken off my table when I had nothing to do with it? Just last week, my main article revolved around a scripture from the Bible. If you don’t like what we are selling, you have every right not to buy it. However, to try and start a cancel culture in the name of the Lord to shut down a paper that regularly allows one of its writers to write about that very same Lord, is the most unchristian thing I have ever heard of. It seems a lot more along the lines of what we read about the Pharisees. Since it’s almost Christmas, here’s to wishing for some humble pies to be served up to those pious friends of mine who offer crucifixion instead of forgiveness. It is that type of Christian who has driven more people away from Christ than any atheist ever did. And to the lady who spoke with me on the phone, thank you for being like Jesus. You were rightfully upset, you let me know about it, but you had enough compassion to believe the sincerity of my apology and granted the grace of a second chance. I not only thank you but pray that I never let you down again.

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